Living ‘in-Christ (3) –

Bible Reading Colossians 3:1-11 Introduction In 1976 Dr Francis Schaeffer wrote a book with the title “How should we then live”.  The question is by what standard should we live.  Dr Schaeffer said when we base society on the Bible, on the infinite-personal God who is there and has spoken, it provides an absolute by … Continue reading Living ‘in-Christ (3) –


Living ‘in Christ’ (2)

Scripture Readings Psalm 25:1-15 Colossians 3:1-11 Introduction  Dr Joseph Haroutunian, a professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, came to America from Armenia. One day a well-meaning friend said to him, "Your name is difficult to pronounce and difficult to spell--it could hurt your professional career. Why don’t you change your name to  Harwood or Harwell or … Continue reading Living ‘in Christ’ (2)

Living ‘in-Christ’ (1)

Bible Readings Ephesians 5:1-10Colossians 3:1-12 Introduction Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, Our topic for this morning is United with Christ—living ‘in-Christ’.  This is the first in a short series of three sermons This sermon is the next in a series from the letter of Paul to the church in Colossae which … Continue reading Living ‘in-Christ’ (1)

God’s act of redemption: Perseverance

Important points Our salvation does not rest on our performance in sanctification We were not saved, in the first instance, because we were better than others, and we will not be saved, in the last instance, because we improved ourselves on the way God’s grace to us is his promise that we will continue in … Continue reading God’s act of redemption: Perseverance

God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

Important points Being saved by grace, and adopted as God’s children, we now live in the household of God To be holy is to be set apart to glorify God We cannot continue to live the same way as we lived before we became children of God In God’s household, God sets the rules Keeping … Continue reading God’s act of redemption: Sanctification

God’s act of salvation: Justification

A new Covenant Jeremiah 31:31-37 is the chapter in the Old Testament that speaks of a New Covenant; verses 31-34 is one of the largest portions of the Old Testament to be directly quoted in the New Testament. Let’s look at a few themes in this chapter: everlasting love: Jeremiah 31:3 and 20 tells of … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: Justification

God’s act of salvation: God’s effectual call

The Scriptures teaches us to distinguish between two types of calls: A universal call An effectual call The universal call of the Gospel Some refer to this call of the Gospel as the external or verbal call.  A valid Gospel offer includes:  a presentation of the plan of salvation  an invitation to come to Christ … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: God’s effectual call

God’s act of salvation: God’s covenant

General  In Biblical times, following a war, the nations that were involved drew up covenants (or agreements) which stipulated the conditions and obligations of both the victorious and the defeated armies.  These covenants were not pacts in which both parties contributed to the agreement on equal grounds.  The victorious king set the rules, while the … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: God’s covenant

God’s Act of Salvation: Biblical framework for salvation

Important themes There are main themes running through the Scriptures. To understand how God’s grace and our salvation come together, we need to keep the following truths in mind: God God, the Creator, is holy, loving, just, righteous, merciful and faithful (Isaiah 6:3; 1John 4:8, 16; Exodus 34:6-7; Nehemiah 9:32-33.)  Man Adam and Eve were … Continue reading God’s Act of Salvation: Biblical framework for salvation